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I am researching Dennis GUNN and his family. I have come a fair way but there is still so many unanswered questions. my great grandparents had a dozen kids, have traced half of them but whatever happened to the others??

John Henry GUNN married Annie O'Connor, they had quite a few children but I'm also interested in finding out more about both of my great grandparents and their siblings and their parents etc etc.
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.


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by ngairedith on 2013-05-07 06:21:51

what a fascinating family to research
do you have this info:

John Henry Gunn (1854-1915)
- was born in Canada to Robert Alexander & Mary Gunn

John married Annie O'CONNOR (1856-1939)
- daughter of Daniel O'Connor & Ann Dwyer

New Zealand Herald, 1 April 1878 GUNN-O'CONNOR - On Tuesday, 10th March, by the Rev Father O'Dwyer, at St Patrick's Cathedral, Auckland, John Henry Gunn, of Coromandel, late of Upper Canada, British America, second son of the late Robert Gunn, to Annie O'Connor, of Coromandel, eldest daughter of the late Daniel O'Connor, of Melbourne, Victoria

their children were:
* 1878 - 1935 Henry John Gunn
- Henry married Alice May Hughes (1883-1951) in 1903
* 1879 - John 'Jack' Gunn
- Jack married Margaret Sullivan
* 1881 - Robert Alexander Gunn
- nothing known
* 1883 - 1965 Charles Gunn
- Charles married Sarah Slair in 1909
* 1884 - 1939 Daniel Gunn
- Daniel married Reinie Dansby in 1920
* 1885 - 1914 Ellen Gunn
- Ellen married William Trewheela in 1907
* 1887 - 1964 Robert Alexander Gunn
- Robert married Bessie Elizabeth Morris in 1919
* 1889 - 1972 Ethel May Gunn
- Ethel married Frederick James Skinner in 1915
* 1892 - Annie Vivian Gunn
- Annie married Jean Varley 'Walter' Borgolte in 1919
* 1895 - 1920 Dennis Gunn
- The Trial of Dennis Gunn
* 1896 - 1969 Patrick Gunn
- Patrick married Eileen Blackmore Sullivan
* 1897 - Thomas William Gunn
- Thomas married Molly McDonald

John Henry & his brother Robert Alexander (1840-1908) Gunn:
Press, 1 October 1898 Andrews and Gunn, Kapanga

Evening Post, 6 October 1915 An old Colonist, Mr John Henry Gunn, 70 years of age, died at his residence, Somerset-place, Newton, Auckland, on Saturday. The deceased was born in Canada and arrived in New Zealand over 60 years ago

by GUNN78 on 2013-05-07 08:12:46


Thank you so much for your information and hard work. I actually did know all the above information, but I want to dig deeper.

JOHN HENRY GUNN was born in Canada but I have no idea where to start as there is so many provinces over there. His older brother ROBERT ALEXANDER was born in Scotland but not sure where, I don't even know if they had any other siblings (there was quite an age gap between them, around 15 years).

It turns out that Annie Vivian was married a secind time in the late 30's. Thomas changed his surname to McDonald, moved to Australia. I have a tree on www.myheritage.com site, I have covered a fair amount of ground but got stuck.

I'd really love to find out Annie Gunn nee O'Connor's siblings, apparently there was 5 boys and 3 girls. Some born in Melbourne, VIC and a few born in New Zealand. I think it goes like this-

DANIEL O'CONNOR and ANNE O'CONNOR nee DWYER had the following children-
I'm missing a child somewhere???

I'm on a massive mission but I'd like to try and explore more Daniel O'Connor and his wife Anne and their families, from siblings to parents etc. Also I can't seem to find a death record for Daniel O'Connor or a grave, yet his wifes is in Waikumete in NZ along with 2 of her brothers and nephew and great niece.

Robert Alexander GUNN actually died in a mine accident in the early 1900's.

HMMMM it's very frustrating.
Obviously if you google Dennis Gunn he comes up because he was the first to be convicted on fingerprint evidence and was consequently hung in June 1920. Also having trouble getting his records and various other family members criminal records sent out, lots of run around.

Thank you so much once again for the information you provided it was greatly appreciated. Perhaps you could put me on the right path.

King regards,


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